Arduino’s MKR family and form factor was intended to address IoT use cases by having a standard blueprint that used a hardware crypto chip for enhanced security, a LiPo charger for power management, and an ARM Cortex M0 microcontroller. The family has a variety of connectivity options, including for long-range and low power.
The first new board is the MKR WIFI 1010, which integrates the globally certified u-blox NINA-W102 stand-alone multi-radio module for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Featuring an open CPU, the NINA-W102 allows Arduino to run applications on the module, offloading communication tasks from the Arduino CPU and increasing the board’s power efficiency.
The next two new boards are based around the u-blox NINA-W102. The MKR Vidor 4000 is the first-ever Arduino board featuring an FPGA chip. The Uno WiFi Rev 2 aims at making it even easier to deploy products that need Wi-Fi connectivity.
In addition, the MKR NB 1500 hosts a u-blox SARA-R410M cellular module providing LTE Cat NB1 and LTE-M cellular connectivity that is pre-certified for global use. The MKR NB 1500 has low bandwidth and data volumes and is optimized for ultra-low power consumption.
The new boards feature an extended temperature range and superior guaranteed reliability, making them attractive to professional users seeking to develop small volume products or quickly prototype new concepts and ideas.